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2361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 06:56:48 PM
I don't even consider it sleazy.  In fact, I think the person who came up with the idea to ban modded Xbox's on the day before the biggest Xbox game ever is released should receive a promotion and a sizable bonus.  I know I would promote him if I were his boss.

The only thing I'm bummed about is missing the rest of the ESPN Football league as I was really enjoying it and visioned a comeback and triumph in the playoffs.  I won't be buying a new Xbox until early december, so I have to bow out of the league.  Very sorry to everyone in the league.  

Chances are someone will find out a sure fire way to unban your xbox between now and then so I will also be keeping my eye on the scene smile

Anyway, at least my friend and I still get to play some Co-op Halo 2 tonight as planned, I can't wait! (hell from the Hard Drive now if we want!)
2362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 05:54:01 PM
Good point Jeff.  Thanks for the reminder and the link. smile
2363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Vancouver, BC Travel advice needed on: November 09, 2004, 05:30:41 PM
Quote from: "Hamlet3145"
"We're going to Prince Edward Island, so I'm sure we'll probably be flying into Vancouver (right Simon?). "

Um . . . Vancouver and P.E.I. are about as far away as two things can get in Canada. =)

My folks have a summer house on the island and I've spent lots of time there.  Charlottetown is great and there are some amazing beaches.

LOL

Oops. smile  I was misinformed and didn't even think to check for myself.  Thanks for the heads up.  

What city do you think we'll fly into.  

We're looking for a great B&B on PEI, so if you know of any let me know.

We've been searching this site:

http://www.bbcanada.com/
2364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 05:25:34 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
I'll say it once and I'll say it again:  Pirate the game or just buy it and use the inevitable homebrew server browser.

Seriously, if I'd modded my XBox and Microsoft pulled this shit on me, I'd never buy another XBox product again (I'd pirate anything I wanted to play).

That you're even considering buying another XBox makes me sick.


The only games I ever buy anymore are Xbox Live games and any other game I plan on actually playing more than a few times (ie. prince of persia etc.)  I have saved $100's of dollars already by not buying mediocre games.

It sucks that they did it, but it is their right, no?  I found a used Xbox for $99, and since Halo 2 came with 2 free months of Live I could be up and running for $99 (Halo 2 is already paid for).
2365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 3 Tie-breaker on: November 09, 2004, 05:07:53 PM
Baldur's Gate 2
2366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper on: November 09, 2004, 05:07:24 PM
Quote from: "Easily Satisfied"
Yikes. Will have to ask the Dr on Monday if Splenda is not good. Thanks for the heads up, I figured all artificial sweetners, but thought Splenda didn't fit in that category. Will have to make sure.

Thanks!


Let me know what your Dr. says about Splenda.  I've heard nothing bad so far.
2367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's Wrong With You People??!?? on: November 09, 2004, 04:59:49 PM
I plan on playing online as soon as I grab another Xbox  crybaby
2368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper on: November 09, 2004, 04:23:21 PM
Quote from: "Easily Satisfied"
Yes, it is. Problem with that is it's Diet. Not supposed to have any nutrasweet  frown I know its silly, but I am one of those that takes all precautions... Now if they made it w/ Splenda, like Diet Rite, then I would be all over it.. Thanks tho  biggrin


You should stay away from nutrasweet, even after you have your baby.  My friend is a Research Doctor and she said that the chit is going to hit the fan soon when the newest research on nutrasweet is released.  She said it's worse than people originally thought.

Hopefully Splenda will continue to catch on and years from now it'll still be considered safe.

I tried this new Dr. Pepper last night and only drank a 4th of it.  I love DP, but something about it wasn't right.
2369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 03:17:56 PM
Quote from: "programmerbob"
If it checks your hard drive inside the xbox, could you not just switch back to your old 8 gig drive rather than buying a new one, and just leave the xbox case open to swap out the pirate hard disk?


People have switched back and become unbanned, only to be banned 24 hours or so later.
2370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 02:47:34 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Yeah, I'd be willing to bet if you had just put the chip in there and not added the big hard drive you'd probably still be up and running.  Just conjecture on my part though...


I'm pretty sure you're correct.

The HD makes the package complete though smile  (every NES, SNES, Genesis, Atari, coleco, gamegear, game ever made...) :lol:
2371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 02:23:42 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
What a bummer.

But look at the bright side.... You are engaged to be married!  That makes up for everything!

LD   smile


Indeed Ponch, indeed smile  April 2nd is the big day!  I can't wait.


madpeon, the whole xbox is banned, not just my account.  In order to play  Halo 2 online I will have to purchase a new Xbox, thus the reason I think MS is even more brilliant than we give the credit for.
2372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Vancouver, BC Travel advice needed on: November 09, 2004, 02:19:02 PM
Awesome Whiteboy!  My fiance and I are going to Canada for our honeymoon as well.  Our wedding is going to be April 2, so we'll be there the week after that.  

We're going to Prince Edward Island, so I'm sure we'll probably be flying into Vancouver (right Simon?).  We may stay a few nights there as well.  Can't wait!
2373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 01:35:00 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
That blows, although it is the chance you take when you do that obviously.


Yup frown
2374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 04:53:10 AM
:  puke
2375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamestop - Wow on: November 09, 2004, 04:52:30 AM
Maybe changing the link will help you understand smile

http://www.gamestop.com/
2376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamestop - Wow on: November 09, 2004, 04:25:50 AM
http://www.gamestop.com/
 :shock:
2377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 04:10:13 AM
2378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 04:05:20 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
What are a large number of those people going to do?
Pirate Halo 2 in retribution and play using a homebrew server navigator.

It's what I'd do.



It's in French though and I want to know the story slywink
2379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 04:04:50 AM
Yea, the switch has worked perfectly forever though, they changed their method.

I'll just pick up another one, maybe a used one or something.  I have an old palm (Visor Platinum ) that I could sell for $50 to put torward it slywink
2380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 03:54:34 AM
Save all the serves you right crap for another thread, please smile

I have a mod chip, with an external switch.  I also have a bios that won't even allow you to attempt to log onto Xbox Live while the chip is turned on.  Today I tried to play ESPN NFL 2K5 against stiffler for the CG league and It says I've been banned for having a modified Xbox.  

All I have to say is, DAMN.

MS and their billions have figured out how to go completely around the fact that the chip is turned off and apparently check the serial number on the hard drive and if it doesn't match the original HD you're banned automatically.  


So, I've been banned on Halo 2 eve.  Tell me that wasn't a brilliant move by them.  They release the most anticipated game of all time (arguably), and bann 1,000's of people from accessing one of the games most appealing features, online play.  What are a large number of those people going to do?  Buy a new Xbox to use for Xbox Live, me included.  Holy shit, their brilliant.
2381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG ESPN Football League Week 6 Underway. on: November 09, 2004, 03:28:32 AM
Microsoft apparently learned how to find out if your Xbox is modded even if the chip is turned off and I've been banned from Live!  Me and 1,000's of other people.  

I never once went on Live with my chip turned on.
2382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG ESPN Football League Week 6 Underway. on: November 09, 2004, 03:01:11 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Heya stiffler, I'm definitely on for tonight but it may have to be 10:30 EST instead of 10:00.  Would that be ok?  LEt me know.


I guess.  I need to be up at 6 AM so hopefully the game won't last that long.


I can be on 10 after 10:00 if you can.  Let me know.  That way you won't have to be up so late.
2383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - It's ON! (impressions thread) on: November 08, 2004, 07:01:01 PM
I won't be getting it tonight, but I'll pick it up on my lunch break tomorrow and my friend and I are playing coop tomorrow night! smile
2384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG ESPN Football League Week 6 Underway. on: November 08, 2004, 07:00:33 PM
Heya stiffler, I'm definitely on for tonight but it may have to be 10:30 EST instead of 10:00.  Would that be ok?  LEt me know.
2385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Issue at work on: November 08, 2004, 03:22:28 AM
This is my first full-time job  so I'm not completely up on job politics etc.  I do know that my boss and the compliance officer do not have any history at all.  in fact, he just took over as our new compliance guy in July and it's his first time doing the job so he's eager to please his boss.  My boss is already on probation for some type of compliance error so it could be ugly.

I really do appreciate all the insight.  You all have made me think about the whole situation differently.  I'm going to get my job hunting shoes and and see I can find another salary paying job for a fully licensed candidate with experience in the field.  I have no desire to sell right now as consistent income is the most important thing for me now that i'm going to be married soon.  

Part of me wants the compliance thing to bite her in the ass now, which would pretty much prove me email correct.  I'm not going to try and change anything though.  I'll just save the emails I've sent over the last few months addressing the various issues so come the time for the annual review I will have evidence that I tried to do something.  

I will definitely let you all know what happens.  Thanks again!
2386  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Issue at work on: November 07, 2004, 04:13:50 AM
Well, we don't have a PR department.  Her pratice consists of her, the Senior Financial Advisor, me the Investment Analyst and Trader, a Financial Analyst (who does the plans), a Marketing Director/Business Manager (who showed the email), and an intern.  

My bosse's "Boss", is basically the Compliance officer and the market group vice president.  My bosses annual review is coming up any day now and she has blank signed documents in client files which has led to many advisor throughout the country being fired.  If she's fired, we're all fired.  

I have decided that I am going to call some other offices around town and see if anyone is in need of licensed help.  If I find some offices that are in need I probably wouldn't have a hard time getting a job with them since I already know the system and they wouldn't have any expenses since I'm already full licensed.  

My fiance is pissed at my boss now too since she keeps on bringing up the wedding as if it's affecting my performance.  It hasn't at all and I know that for sure.  

Anyway, I will keep you all updated on what goes down.  Thanks for all the insight.
2387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I Played HALO 2 for an Hour in Multiplayer (No Spoilers) on: November 07, 2004, 04:02:05 AM
Quote from: "Turtle"
Are vehicles, like the warthog and tank, destructable now?  As in, can they blow up when they take enough damage?

Oh and if this is so, did they remove the stupid system where vehicle damage is transferred to its riders?


The vehicles are completely destructable.  I don't know on the other question you asked about because I Was just playing multiplayer by myself and didn't get a chance to check it out.  I had  a blast trying to launch a warthog as high as I could.  It's so awesome seeing the tires fly off as well.  

Can't wait for the real version ! smile
2388  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Crimson Skies? on: November 05, 2004, 05:30:08 PM
We certainly had some fun matches.

I traded in CS though, so I'm out frown
2389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG ESPN Football League Week 6 Underway. on: November 05, 2004, 05:27:21 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Can you play right now?  Let me know.  

I won't be able to play this weekend.  

Possibly Sunday night at 10 EST, but Monday may be better.

Let me know.


Sorry, gotta go to bed soon since I have to be up at 6AM.

Let's plan on Monday then.  Regardless of what I have going on I will make the time!  Have a great weekend.


Sounds good.  Monday, at around 10:00 EST or so ok?
2390  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 2Pac - Loyal to the Game track downloads on: November 05, 2004, 05:18:04 PM
How is Tupac still releasing albums?  I don't get it.
2391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Issue at work on: November 05, 2004, 04:54:33 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"
Honestly it sounds like you just need to sit down with your boss and let her know where you're coming from.  I mean... you only sent something to your business manager in her best interest in the first place... you were worried about her performance and how it also can reflect poorly on you.  If she can't see that she doesn't deserve a good employee.

Especially if your boss is worried about losing you I think you would have enough bargaining power to sit your boss down and try to get her to start doing her job more.  Use whatever you can as leveage and try to convince her you're only looking out for her interests.

If it goes for a few months and she doesn't improve.  Walk.  Even if you plan on coming back, chances are she won't call your bluff if you're a good employee.

It doesn't sound like they are trying to get rid of you, but it does sound like it could end up that way if you don't talk it out with your boss.

Hope that helps some...
s


Thanks Sepiche, I think I'll see if she wants to go to lunch next week to discuss some things.  I appreciate the advice.
2392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New EGM Scores (Careful...some Halo 2 SPOILERS within) on: November 05, 2004, 02:38:21 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
You Bastard Trying to steal my thread!!!! smile

Though I only mentioned the reviews of the big five in my thread (MGS 3, Halo 2, MP2, GTA, R&C 3)


I didn't see your thread and it didn't have EGM in the title smile
2393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New EGM Scores (Careful...some Halo 2 SPOILERS within) on: November 05, 2004, 02:26:43 PM
Quote
Thanks to vireland(confirmed by ferricide(EGM staff)) and skip(EGM staff)

MGS 3 9, 9.5, 10
NFSU 2 8, 9, 8
GTA:SA 10,10,10 (GOTM)
Halo 2 10,10,10 (GOTM)
MP:2 9, 9, 10
Killzone 7, 7.5, 8
Mario tennis 9, 7.5, 8
Outrun 2 6, 6.5, 8
Baten Kaitos 6.5, 8, 7.5
GODZILLA SAVE THE EARTH 6.0, 4.5, 5.5
FIGHT CLUB 2.5, 3.0, 2.0
Growlanser Generations 7,7,8

And yes, these are confirmed by EGM staffers themeseleves so don't ask for scans or stuff.

He's from GAF(gaming age)
http://www.ga-forum.com/showthread....2743#post582743
you can look at page 6 on that thread if have to see for yourself.

Plus there is thread where I collected all the info and put it out, and then EGM staffers put out some other
scores from the month.

http://www.ga-forum.com/showthread.php?t=22063


smilesmile
2394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG ESPN Football League Week 6 Underway. on: November 05, 2004, 04:14:11 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Stiffler, let me know when you can play.

I can play tonight around 10 or 10:30 EST.


Sorry to miss you.  How does Friday sound?  Then again, maybe you have a life or something... If not, we can try for something this weekend, perhaps?  If we can't meet then hopefully we can get it done Monday!


Can you play right now?  Let me know.  

I won't be able to play this weekend.  

Possibly Sunday night at 10 EST, but Monday may be better.

Let me know.
2395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / doom 3 on xbox on: November 05, 2004, 12:35:32 AM
Quote from: "Glycerine"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
I'm was waiting on it, until I played the pc version.

It's one of the most overhyped games I have played in a long time.  The graphics were fantastic, but the environments were all too dark and the fact that you can't hold a flashlight and a gun at the same time made me have no desire to play it any further.


Translation:  He kept getting killed because it's too damn dark so he evetually decided to just give up and quit in frustration.


Honestly, I didn't get stuck, I just got tired of it and gave up.
2396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Issue at work on: November 05, 2004, 12:30:24 AM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
Sounds like they screwed up the seminar thing and just wanted you to say 'sorry, won't happen again' so they could pretend it was your fault.

The email though, I wouldn't advise anyone to be critical of their boss in an email, unless they didn't care if their boss saw it or not.


Yea, very good point.

The reason for me going to the business manager first is because she pushes my boss harder than any of us and my boss listens to her more as well. Having nothing to do with the financial planning process, she isn't as up on the situation so my thought was I would explain to her how serious the situation is/will become and what I think would be the best method to fix it. I've gone to my boss on my own about it before and nothing changed. My co-worker has as well as I said earlier. The business manager hasn't ever talked to the boss about it and being the one who takes care of the scheduling and talks to her the most it seemed logical.

I stand behind everything I said in the email. I obviously wouldn't have worded it that way if I had know the boss would read it. Do you think the email is really bad? (wording)
2397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Issue at work on: November 05, 2004, 12:09:02 AM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Maybe you need a lawyer. Sounds like they are working to make you lose your job because they are losers.


Seriously?  

I hadn't thought of anything like that.

It's just discouraging because I'm good at my job (which can be measured easily otherwise I wouldn't say it) and like it.  I don't think my boss wants me to leave at all.  In fact, I think she is scared she is going to lose me.
2398  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Issue at work on: November 04, 2004, 10:57:15 PM
I'm in the Financial Services industry as some of you may know, working for an Advisor with over 400 clients.  One of the main products we sell is an Annual Financial Plan.  We charge anywhere from $700 to $11,500 for them and to stay compliant we have a time frame for when the plans need to be delivered of 1 year after payment.  For one, that time frame is extremely high already.  The problem I am having is that my Boss tends to procrastinate on things and sometimes she even lets the plans slip past the 1 year date.  Which is crazy.  A bulk of the work is complete by me and a coworker normally within a few weeks of receiving payment, with the only thing left to do is for her to review a draft and make any changes so we can print the final copy. (one hour work at the most).  We have all these undelivered plans stacking up in my coworkers office, basically complete, just waiting on the final touches by my boss.  My coworker has talked to her about it a few times and nothing has changed.  In the meantime, business is booming and we are having a contest to sell 20 plans between Sept - the end of Nov-, and we're about to hit 20.  20 new plans...  Not only do we risk punishment from our compliance officer, but we also risk losing the clients.

So, I took it upon myself to email the business manager my concern.  The reason I emailed the business manager is because she acts as the go-between and is in charge of keeping the calendar for my boss.  I suggestion to her was to recommend to my boss to allow her to schedule one whole week for my boss to do nothing but deliver plans.  Reasonable request, right?  The email was to the business manager, who has always been big on trust and what is talked about between us stays between us.  So, here is the email I wrote.

Quote
Biz Mgr,

I don't know if you realize or not, but Boss not delivering plans on time, sometimes up to over 1 whole year late is a big deal and we should do whatever it takes to fix it.  It's going to bite her in the butt if we don't light a fire under her to take care of things.  [Compliance Officer] is going to be on her case about it once he realizes how many are late.  Here we are getting close to 20 new plans (yay!), and we still have a huge number of old, paid for plans to deliver.  Personally, If I was a client who had paid $1,200 or whatever for a plan and it was over a week late, I would get completely out.  Over a year late is completely ridiculous and has honestly made me question some decisions I have to make in the future.  I recommend to you, that you get a week in the future where there aren't many appointments and schedule it solely for [boss] to work on and complete the plans that [cowworker] has finished so that we can deliver them.  If she has a problem with it I would love to speak with her one on one about it.  I almost think she has let the fog and excitement of bringing in over 50 clients this year cloud her judgement and take her eye off her ultimate responsibility, client service.  It's always been this way though so it will be a hard thing to change.  Please let me know what you think.  I will probably talk to her about it as well as it's a really big deal and should be on every one of our lists of things to accomplish as soon as possible.  Thanks.

-C


After receiving the email, she left for the day and called my boss and told her about it.  My boss called me and I explained my concern to her over the phone, and she bullshat me about the reasons and we hung up.  I found out today that my boss asked the business mgr. to see the email and the business mgr gave it to her.

This same manager has talked to me about my boss on various occasions (think venting sessions), where nothing leaves the conversation.  I stand completely by everything I said in the email above but it wasn't worded for my boss and it pisses me off that she showed her.  

What do you all think?  



Now, onto the second issue I have had lately.  I got a call yesterday morning at 6:00 AM from the business manager.  She asked me if I was on my way to a business in town [name excluded] to help my boss setup for a seminar she was doing that morning.  I told her I hadn't ever been told that I need to help my boss setup for the seminar so no, I was still in bed.  She said she told me the day before which is absolutely not true.  She told me when she told me and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she never told me.  She then asked if I could quickly get dressed and go to the business to help her setup.  So, I did, and halfway there I checked my voicemail and there was a message from my boss telling me she found someone to help her  (setting up a projector and laptop for a powerpoint pres) and she would talk to me when she got to work.  Oh joy..

So when she got back from the seminar I went into her office and apologized for any confusion this morning.  She went on and said she has too small a practice for things like this to happen and that she told me about it yesterday bla bla bla.  I talked to her for 5 minutes the day before and the only thing she said to me had to do with the case we were working on at the time and later in the day she said see you tomorrow.  That is all.  Period.  I told her that she didn't tell me to be there and neither did the business manager and to tell me a time when I've ever not shown up to something she told me to be at.  She then said " Well I know you're really excited about your engagement and wedding and you were probably keeping up with the election yesterday but this isn't acceptable".  I just about flipped.  I almost bit a hole in my lip.  Of course I'm happy about my wedding and I did keep up with the election, but that has nothing to do with you dropping the freaking ball and not letting me know I needed to be there.  If I normally go to every single seminar that would be one thing, but I don't at all.  In fact I haven't setup for one in 3 or 4 months.  How the hell was I supposed to know.  I didn't say anything, turned around closed her door, went into my office and shut the door for 2 hours to try and cool off (while working of course).  

I just thank God that I didn't say something I would regret and lose my job.  I hope more than anything that she never brings it up to me again because I don't know if I can hold it in.  

BAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :evil:  :evil:  :evil:  :evil:  :x  :evil:
2399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG ESPN Football League Week 6 Underway. on: November 04, 2004, 07:13:30 PM
Stiffler, let me know when you can play.

I can play tonight around 10 or 10:30 EST.
2400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / doom 3 on xbox on: November 04, 2004, 02:09:14 PM
I'm was waiting on it, until I played the pc version.

It's one of the most overhyped games I have played in a long time.  The graphics were fantastic, but the environments were all too dark and the fact that you can't hold a flashlight and a gun at the same time made me have no desire to play it any further.
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